ERIC Number: ED181708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Child Abuse: The Crying Baby at Risk.
The author considers the relationship between uncontrollable infant crying and child abuse. An integrative scheme is offered from evidence of child abuse literature, experimentally induced infant crying effects, attribution theory, and learned helplessness. It is suggested that infant crying often has causes beyond caregiver control, such as birth status, temperament, and handicap. The author suggests that unpredictable soothing success coupled with a caregiver's belief that the infant is personally responsible for its actions can lead to infant abuse. Successful intervention should aim at assisting parents to redefine their situation and releasing them from beliefs of infant trapped helplessness. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massey Univ. (New Zealand). Education Dept.
Note: Proceedings of the Early Childhood Convention (2nd, Christchurch, New Zealand, August, 1979, p114-32); In A. Neale and R. Renwick, Eds., "Early Childhood in New Zealand: Their Needs--Our Concern"